5 Steps to Save Energy in Your Kitchen

  1. Conduct a paper test. Make sure refrigerator door seals are airtight by closing the door over a piece of paper. If you can pull the paper out easily, the latch may need adjustment, the seal may need replacing, or you may consider buying a new unit.
  2. Adjust the temperature. To be most efficient, set the refrigerator temperature in the 37-40 degrees F range. For the freezer, shoot for between 0-5 degrees F. 
  3. Check for blue flames. In natural gas appliances, like your gas range stove, yellow flames indicate the gas is burning inefficiently and an adjustment may be needed. 
  4. Let your dishwasher do the work. Dishwashers require less than one-third the water it would take to hand-wash dishes. Scrape - don't rinse - food off dishes before loading them. Pre-rinsing can waste up to 20 gallons of water!
  5. Look for the ENERGY STAR®. ENERGY STAR qualified refrigerators can save you up to $1,100 over the lifetime of the product. DCSEU rebates up to $100  are available for qualifying models. An ENERGY STAR qualified dishwasher will also help you save, using only 5.8 gallons of water or less per cycle. 

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